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Having lived in the Lake District my entire childhood, climbing hills and going on adventures were inevitable activities; the best ones were those with friends through Guiding and D of E. At university the predictable next step was to join an outdoor club, the Hillwalking club! Since then I have gone on many trips with club members, both official and unofficial; experienced my first taste of winter walking, scrambling and climbing; climbed up Alpine, Himalayan and African peaks; swum, canoed and cycled around the country; and thoroughly enjoyed being half of the club's Social Secretary. Going to Kyrgyzstan was therefore certainly an adventure not to be missed! And it was just that, a time to remember, (putting aside always being at the back of the long slogs up hill)! Particularly good moments were reaching the top of our first peak (although it only had a prominence of 20m and was very cloudy), seeing the other team through binoculars on top of a peak that looked pretty impossible from camp, and seeing many stars and shooting stars. Aside from the mountain climbing, it was nice to have time to lie in, get away from stresses of normal life, and I also really enjoyed the post expedition travelling, including horse trekking and hot springs! Back in the UK, I am now in London pursing an Early Years PGCE, playing netball, assisting at a local Guide unit and awaiting further adventures!